RHINELANDER, ANTIGO - Hunters throughout the state experenced quite a year this hunting season.
Statewide, The 2012 Gun Deer Hunt proved to have plenty of deer for hunters. Nearly 244,000 deer wre killed. That's up 7.7 percent from last year. Nearly 115,00 were bucks - which is up by 12% from a year ago. Many Northwoods hunters were also in on the action.
There was a 17% increase in the number of bucks killed in Taylor county. Forest and Langlade counties had a slight dip in the number of bucks - but more anterless deer were shot. The joy of getting on the board was felt by many.
Other preliminary nubmers include 21% mroe bucks killed in Wood county. Florence and Price counties reported double-digit increases in buck kills. Lincoln county had a modest decrease on total deer killed.
To view the preliminary numbers for the deer kill, click ont he link below.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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